Two comments about this sunspot cycle being a bust. Perhaps for some - but I just got back in the hobby three years ago and the present conditions have worked quite nicely for me and I see them getting rapidly better now that we are getting into the fall. My station is as good as it can get for me. I live in an HOA community and I managed to finagle permission for a hex beam that is not visible from the street. That means a height of 29' so I am by no means a big gun - more like a good pistol
. Nonetheless I have logged 250 unique entities - most in the last year and a half.
Judging by the size of the pileups I am glad Dxing is a bit "marginalized" or I wouldn't be able to handle them at all.